Welcome BOS members and all interested in birding Western New York and Southeastern Ontario!

photo of Winter Wren

Happy Fall Migration!

What a fun time of year! Like the Franklin's Gull pictured above, many gulls, raptors, shorebirds, and passerines are making their way through Western New York. We wish them a safe journey!

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts.  We invite you to join in the activities of the society!

The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc.  was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region.  Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.

The BOS coverage area includes western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.

116th Christmas Bird Count
The 116th Christmas Bird Count is quickly coming upon us!  The dates for the different area counts have been added to our calendar and the CBC pageBOS members should plan on participating on at least one of these counts - and we welcome newcomer / non-member help as well!  (To volunteer, get in touch with an area leader by opening the calendar entry for the date and count you'd like to help with.)

What birds will you see on the count: Snowy, Short-eared, or Saw-whet Owl? Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Rough-legged Hawk, Purple Sandpiper, Northern Shrike, Greater White-fronted Goose?  There are some exciting possibilities waiting for us!

BOS Happenings:

Check the Calendar for upcoming events!

Click here for a transcript of the minutes of our last meeting.